Happy 1st Birthday, Drae!

13 Jul
Draelen at the steering wheel, waiting for Lola + Lolo

Driver Draelen // LAX In-N-Out Burger, waiting for Lola + Lolo // 10 July 2015

Dear Drae,

You turned a year old today!  I can’t believe it.  Time flies.  Seems like yesterday when your Papa FAINTED during my epidural!  And now, here you are – walking, babbling, eating solid foods, and already trying to assert your independence and personality.  I sometimes refer to you as “Houdini” due to your knack for wriggling out of your high chair even with your seat belt on.  You really don’t like to stay put.  Maybe that’s why you like being behind a steering wheel.  That’s the only time you’ll tolerate a seat belt — when you’re the driver.

Cedro + Draelen at Santa Monica Pier // 13 July 2015

Cedro + Draelen at Santa Monica Pier // 13 July 2015

So, nothing sums up your 1st birthday like this snapshot of you and your Kuya Cedro above.  It was basically a mini train ride but instead of train cars, they were mini lifeguard jeeps.  You were in heaven!  You were bouncing up and down and waving and honking.  To see you happy fills me with joy and fulfillment.  That image will be forever burned in my heart.

I want to write so much more about our perfect day today — almost 10 hours at Santa Monica Pier! — or the entire birthday weekend with Lola, Lolo, Tita Ging, Tito Danny, Ate Quincy and Tita Liz.  More importantly, I wish I could spend the time to document all the details about you and how much you’ve grown.  But Mama has to sleep and go to work tomorrow.  Boohoo!  I’d much rather write the most epic blog post about you.

By the time you grow up, I’m hoping you won’t even need this blog.  My hope is that throughout your life, you’ll already know about all the great stories and all my deep thoughts and feelings about you and what it means to me to be your mom.  You’ll already know and feel how much I love you.  Because right now?  All you have to do is smile at me with that underbite grin that stretches ear-to-ear, and it’s enough to make me feel like my life is complete.  One day, I hope you’ll get to be a mom, too, so you’ll be able to experience this feeling.

Ever since I was a little girl, your Lola would always tell me and your Tita Ging that we needed to look out for each other.  Somehow, you already know about this lesson.  When Kuya is upset, you crawl up to him and hug and kiss him or put your head on his lap to make him feel better.

You have brought so much love and joy into our lives.  I love you, Drae-Drae!  Happy Birthday!

Love always,



One Response to “Happy 1st Birthday, Drae!”

  1. kased777 July 20, 2015 at 12:58 AM #

    Happy 1st Birthday Drae! You have been a busy little beaver this year I see! Your “Grandma Frances” would have loved knowing you and would have given you lots of kisses and love….oh, and candy! Haha! You make your family SO very happy, especially with that winning smile of yours! Can’t wait to see what you’re up to this next year. Much love, hugs and kisses…Kathy Jones

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